Most international medical and scientific conferences are held in English. You, members of your audience, or both, may well be operating in a language that is not your mother tongue. There are resources about word choice, avoidance of idioms and contractions, and other tips about oral presentations to both native and nonnative English speakers.3 Those that affect how you write your presentation are included here. Reading the words on a slide verbatim is a possible method to induce “conference coma” in your audience. However, the trick is to keep the written materials brief (see guideline 2), and to expand verbally beyond what you have written on the slide, to change the word order, to include some more interesting points, examples, or clarifications. This way, those who struggle with the English language will have the benefit of getting the main point both in writing and orally, while those with greater language facility will remain engaged by the additional oral information.